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Miracle Compost Maker

Want to add some oomph to your homemade compost? Need to add some extra heat to your pile to kill off those pesky weed seeds?

GFAA plotters can use this super-dooper-compost-enhancer-material entirely free of all charges.

Feel free to collect as much as you like every week after George cuts the grass. Or if you prefer, it’s available for only £49.95 per barrow load with free delivery to your plot.

Seed Potatoes Available

We have a goodly number of nicely chitted seed tatties available for plotters to use. Varieties include: Blue Danube, Rooster, and two types of Sarpo. These are available from the Seed Swop area in the Octagon. Please help ourselves.

Metal Shed Available

Free to Good Home

Anne on Plot 92a has a serviceable metal shed, sized about six foot by four, she no longer needs. It’s on offer free to plotters on a first come, first served, basis.

If you are interested, please contact Anne by email at annerthr2@gmail.com or mobile on 07760 127189.

Seeds Bonanza and Bargains

Val on Plot 23 suggested this first announcement. Thanks Val.

A couple of people have said they would like some Sutherland Kale seeds. This is a heritage variety Val grew organically which produced a huge amount of seed.

The Kale is a soft type which is very hardy to grow but wilts down like spinach when cooked and has a good flavour. I’ve put a biscuit tin of seed in the Octagon so that anyone who wants seed can take as much as they need.

While on the subject of seeds, don’t forget that within our Dobies’s Group Scheme, GFAA plotters and volunteers can receive a 40% discount on their seeds and 10% on other purchases. Copies of the catalogue and the necessary unique to GFAA discount code can be found in the Octagon, or email Norman (gfaawebhelper@gmail.com) if you prefer to order online and need the code sent to you.

Grow Wild Seed Kits


Greenspace Scotland’s latest e-bulletin contained this reminder:

Grow Wild is giving you the opportunity to apply for a free wildflower seed kit, with everything you need to get your group sowing and growing. You don’t need growing experience, just enthusiasm, a shared space to transform and a group of people to help make it happen! Apply using the online form and in March 2019 they’ll take you on a growing journey. Bring more colour and wildlife to your community, school or workplace next Spring! Deadline 8 February“.

These free seeds could help us refresh our Wildflower Garden and seed the North Bank that we have started to develop. I’m delighted to report Ron (Plot 65a) has taken this in hand and put an application in for GFAA.

A wee reminder of how glorious our wildflower area can look.

RHS Greening Grey Britain

The RHS has launched a new funding and support initiative called, “Greening Grey Britain with Communities in 2019”. They are looking for new projects that will bring seasoned community gardeners together with young green-fingered recruits. To the right projects, they are offering expert hands-on support and up to £500 worth of plants and materials.

New beginnings full of promise

In their own words, they say, “Imagine forgotten littered corners reborn as vibrant wildflower meadows, car parks lined with trees to slow down storm water or disused areas becoming productive gardens, with food to share with the community”.

Projects have to fit with one or more of three themes.

  • Grow for people
  • Grow for the planet
  • Grow for wildlife

Thinking of our own site, several areas spring to mind as being ripe for development. Is anyone itching to take up the challenge of building a bid or have ideas for possible projects?

More information is available on the RHS website.

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